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SPEAKER WILL HELP PEOPLE CLOSE SALES

PASCO COUNTY

The marketing consultant Charles Clarke is speaking at a Pasco Building Association event on Feb. 26. Described as an international speaker and renowned consultant, Clarke is president of Charles Clarke Consulting, chief executive of Sales Success Systems of America Inc., and creator of the sales and marketing primer called "Bulls, Owls, Lambs and Tigers: Personality Selling and Personality Marketing." His talk on "Closing Skills for a Difficult Market" will be held at the Hunter's Green Golf & Country Club, 18101 Longwater Drive in New Tampa. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

DADE CITY

One convicted, one freed in robbery

Two men went on trial this week, accused of robbing the Zephyrhills' Golden Corral Buffet and Grill at gunpoint. But only one of the men was convicted by a jury Wednesday. The jury of five men and one woman found Shedrick Antwan Russell guilty of robbery, according to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office. But that same jury also found Anthony Lamar Wilson not guilty of the same charge. Zephyrhills police accused Russell of being the masked gunman who demanded the restaurant manager empty the safe the night of May 9, 2004. The robber made off with $17,033, according to police, who also said witnesses identified Russell as the gunman and Wilson as the getaway driver. But the defense challenged those eyewitness identifications and prevailed in the case against Wilson, 28. Russell, 27, faces up to 60 years in prison at his April 22 sentencing.

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